Going on a pilgrimage is much more than simply putting on your boots, and setting out on the path and walking. It is about giving our pains, our joys, and our restlessness to God.
The first time I made the Camino de Santiago in Europe, I did not know you do not need to take a book in your backpack for the times of rest. The best pages are told by those who cross paths with us and, in the simplicity of a lunch in the middle of the garden, gives us their story.
Going on a pilgrimage is to allow others to look after us, for we are fragile. It is taking care of those who have a pain so much greater than ours. It is trusting that we will reach Santiago de Compestela without even seeing the cathedral.
To be a pilgrim is to give our lives to God and to know that we are loved and not alone on this pilgrimage of life.
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Portugal)